ATHLETES enjoyed the early morning sunshine of a crisp January day at the Sports Complex in Kilmacow on Sunday.
Included on a busy programme on the day were open cross-country races for juvenile athletes from under-8 to under-16 categories and the county junior cross-country championships for junior men and women. There were also races for masters in the over-30 women’s and over-35 men’s categories.
At juvenile level there were wins for Blanaid Kelly (St Senan’s) and Cian Farrell (Thomastown) in the under-8 races. At under-10 level the winners were Saoirse Allen (St Senan’s) and Thomas Mullally (St Joseph’s).
St Senan’s won team gold in the girls’ race, while St Joseph’s took team gold in the boys’ race.
Ciara O’Keeffe (Thomastown) was the winner of the girls’ under-12 race and Thomastown won team gold. Gavin Manning won the boys’ race for Gowran and led the club to team gold.
At under-14 level there were wins for Eva Roche (St Joseph’s) and David O’Carroll (Gowran). St Senan’s won team gold in the girls’ race while Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) took the team honours in the boys’ race.
Ailis O’Shea (Thomastown) was the winner of the girls’ under-16 race with Gowran taking team gold. Jonathan Crowley (St Senan’s) was first home in the boys’ race.
At junior level Sinead Whelan (Thomastown) was the winner of the women’s race, leading a club one two three as Maeve O’Connor and Niamh O’Shea took silver and bronze. With Laura Walpole finishing in fourth place Thomastown were assured of team gold.
In the junior men’s race Sean Power (Thomastown) led from the gun but had to work hard all the way to keep the gap he had opened on Gowran’s Cormac Buggy. Conor Mahon of KCH took the individual bronze. He was followed home by Peter Lynch and Conor Quinlan and, with Patrick Maher finishing in ninth place, helped the Harriers team finish with 21 points and the team gold. Thomastown finished on 26 points to claim the team silver.
The women’s over-30 race was dominated by St Joseph’s. Maria Griffin took the gold medal, giving an emphatic display of front running, and was followed home by club-mate Verena Fenlon.
Gowran had third and fourth place with good runs from Catherine Kennedy and Siobhan O’Dwyer but a sixth place finish by Maggie Helen O’Connor gave St Joseph’s a team score of nine points, allowing them to take gold ahead of Gowran (14pts) and Thomastown (18pts).
In the men’s over-35 contest Gowran athlete Mick Kelly eased to the front and built a good lead, a tactic which helped him finish with a comprehensive win.
There was a battle behind Kelly for second and third places with Eoin Molloy and Ivan McMahon of KCH to the fore. After a conservative start Simon O’Dwyer (Gowran) worked his way through the field to finish in an excellent second place with Molloy taking the bronze.
Another Gowran athlete on-form was Rodger Middleton. His fourth place finish gave Gowran a total of seven points and team gold. KCH finished in the silver medal position with 15 points while St Joseph’s (30pts) just pipped Thomastown (31pts) to the team bronze.
Results, open cross-country races, Kilmacow (club code: G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown).
Girls’ under-8: 1 Blanaid Kelly (SS), 2 Maeve Bookle (SJ), 3 Caoimhe Phelan (SS), 4 Mairead Mullally (SJ), 5 Orla Kirwan (TT), 6 Caoimhe Power (TT), 7 B Byrne (SJ). Boys’ under-8: 1 Cian Farrell (TT), 2 Matt McAviney (G), 3 Oisin Mullally (SJ), 4 Matt Cullen (TT), 5 Jack Kempton (SS).
Girls’ under-10: 1 Saoirse Allen (SS), 2 Fiona Dilon (KCH), 3 Danielle Griffin (SJ), 4 Aoife Redmond (SS), 5 Molly Rice (TT), 6 Libby Murphy (SS), 7 Caoimhe Kavanagh (SS), 8 Niamh Galway (TT), 9 Aoibhinn Morrissey (TT), Sophie Monaghan (SS). Teams: 1 St Senan’s, 11pts; 2 Thomastown, 22pts.
Boys’ under-10: 1 Tomas Mullally (SJ), 2 Billy Power (TT), 3 Cian Farrell (KCH), 4 Evan O’Toole (SJ), 5 David Manning (G), 6 David Williams (G), 7 Killian Dunne (G), 8 Colm Rice (SJ), 9 Charlie Miller (KCH), 10 Aidan Kehoe (SJ), 11 Luke Ramaswamy (SS), 12 Pauric Naddy (G), 13 David Holden (TT), 14 Thomas Comerford (TT), 15 Niall Manning (G), 16 Pauric Kirwan (TT), 17 Cory Walsh (G), 18 Jimmy Maher (TT), 19 Cormac O’Toole (TT), 20 Peter McDonald (SS), 21 Danny Dowling (SJ), 22 Oisin O’Reilly (TT), 23 Darren Nolan (G), 24 David Scanlon (G), 25 Patrick O’Connor (SJ), 26 Harry O’Shea (SS). Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 13pts; 2 Gowran, 24pts; 3 Thomastown, 29pts.
Girls’ under-12: 1 Ciara O’Keeffe (TT), 2 Tara Ramaswamy (SS), 3 Sophie Mullally (SJ), 4 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 5 Sarah O’Donnell (G), 6 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 7 Kym Jolly (SS), 8 Chloe Mullally (SJ), 9 Dearvla O’Reilly (TT), 10 Eilie Maher (TT), 11 Katie Bookle (SJ), 12 F. Ryan (TT), 13 Katie Brennan (SS), 14 Clodagh Monaghan (SS), 15 Niamh O’Connor (SJ), 16 Eva O’Donnell (G). Teams: 1 Thomastown, 14pts; 2 St Joseph’s, 22pts; 3 Thomastown, 22pts; 4 St Senan’s.
Boys’ under-12: 1 Gavin Maning (G), 2 Brogan McAvinney (G), 3 Fiachra Knox (SS), 4 Jordan Knight (TT), 5 Josh Fenton (SS), 6 Peter McDonald (TT), 7 Tom Holden (TT), 8 Robert Finn (SS), 9 Mark Finn (SS), 10 Cian Kavanagh (SS), 11 Sam Kempton (SS), 12 David Byrne (G), 13 Dylan Cullen (TT). Teams: 1 Gowran, 15pts; 2 St Senan’s, 16pts; 3 Thomastown, 17pts.
Girls’ under-14: 1 Eva Roche (SJ), 2 Aoife Allen (SS), 3 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT), 4 Nell Murphy (SS), 5 Chloe McKnight (G), 6 Aoife Moore (G), 7 Aine Phelan (SS), 8 Amy Redwood (SS), 9 Lorna Monaghan (SS), 10 Ciara Morrissey (TT), 11 Eleanor O’Donnell (G). Teams: 1 St Senan’s, 13pts; 2 Gowran, 22pts.
Boys’ under-14: 1 David O’Carroll (G), 2 Lee Treacy (SS), 3 Colm Murphy (KCH), 4 Daragh Maher (KCH), 5 Robin Davis (SS), 6 Rory McGabhann (KCH), 7 James Fitzpatrick (KCH). Teams: 1 KCH, 13pts.
Girls’ under-16: 1 Ailis O’Shea (TT), 2 Mia Griffin (SJ), 3 Aoife Naddy (G), 4 Ann-Marie Maloney (SS), 5 Grace O’Donnell (G), 6 Christine O’Donnell (G), 7 Shannon Treacy (G). Teams: 1 Gowran, 14pts.
Boys’ under-16: 1 Jonathan Crowley (SS), 2 Jack Walsh (G), 3 Aaron Redmond (SS).
Junior women’s county championships: 1 Sinead Whelan (TT), 2 Maeve O’Connor (TT), 3 Niamh O’Shea (TT), 4 Laura Walpole (TT), 5 Michelle McDonald (SS), 6 Sinead Naddy (G), 7 Anne Marie Byrne (G). Teams: 1 Thomastown, 10pts.
Junior men’s county championships: 1 Sean Power (TT), 2 Cormac Buggy (G), 3 Conor Mahon (KCH), 4 Peter Lynch (KCH), 5 Conor Quinlan (KCH), 6 James Power (TT), 7 Conor Foskin (SS), 8 Liam O’Shea (TT), 9 Patrick Maher (KCH), 10 Eoghan Wallis (SS), 11 Jamie Walsh (TT), 12 Evan Foley (TT), 13 Jack O’Kelly (SS). Teams: 1 KCH, 21pts; 2 Thomastown, 26pts.
Masters women over-30: 1 Maria Griffin (SJ), 2 Verena Fenlon (SJ), 3 Catherine Kennedy (G), 4 Siobhan O’Dwyer (G), 5 Margaret Power (TT), 6 Maggie Helen O’Connor (SJ), 7 Martina Prendergast (G), 8 Irma Moore (TT), 9 Maria Maher (TT), 10 Emma Dunne (G), 11 Emily Byrne (G), 12 Tracey Malone (SJ). Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 9pts; 2 Gowran, 14pts; 3 Thomastown, 18pts.
Masters men over-35: 1 Mick Kelly (G), 2 Simon O’Dwyer (G), 3 Eoin Molloy (KCH), 4 Rodger Middleton (G), 5 Ivan McMahon (KCH), 6 Pat O’Reilly (TT), 7 Johann Dewberry (KCH), 8 David Farrell (G), 9 Rocky Mernagh (SJ), 10 Paul Sheehan (SJ), 11 Larry Lacey (SJ), 12 Bill Carroll (TT), 13 Liam McCabe (TT), 14 Muiris Bric (G), 15 Michael Power (SJ), 16 Terry Brophy (TT), 17 Seamus Nugent (KCH), 18 Tom McDonald (SJ), 19 Marty Kelly (G), 20 Michael O’Keeffe (TT), 21 Denis Cormack (G), 22 Emmett McAvinney (G), 23 Stewart Butler (ST). Teams: 1 Gowran, 7pts; 2 KCH, 15pts; 3 St Joseph’s, 30pts; 4 Thomastown, 31pts; 5 Gowran, 41pts.
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